286 Tasting Notes

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
286 tasting notes

Finally finished off my sample of this tea.

It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s fine… I like the smokiness and the burnt kind of marshmallow-y flavor, and the graham cracker is perfect. But the smell reminds me of my farm, and I am finding more and more that Della Terra blends are very hit and miss for me. This one is a bit of a miss, but I appreciate why others might really enjoy it. It’s definitely s’mores-y.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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This is so blueberry-y! This is more the kind of blueberry flavor I was expecting from Blueberry Crumble, but did NOT get. I can see this tea being fantastic in the morning, it just feels like breakfast.

I don’t get a whole lot of pastry or cream cheese flavor when it’s hot, but as it cools those notes are coming out a bit more. I added a splash of almond milk to the end of my last cup, and I do think that enhanced the danish part a bit more.

Second steep is still very flavorful, and with a toned-down berry flavor, it has a bit more of the pastry kind of taste I was expecting.

I think this one might actually be really good mixed with Blueberry Crumble…

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
yyz

I agree it tastes more like breakfast rather than a rich dessert tea.

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83
drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
286 tasting notes

Yum, yum, yum.

I think I prefer White Christmas, but I am loving this blend, as well. It’s a bit sweeter, since it has spearmint instead of peppermint, but the mint is still a subtle, refreshing flavor. It does have the same wonderful creaminess that White Christmas has, and I am a fan of the green tea base.

The only sad part about these lovely 52teas blends is that I can’t order them whenever I want them. Pout.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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77
TastyBrew

Yum! That looks delicious! What was your technique?

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78

So, I have a bizarre smell association with this tea. It reminds me of a My Little Pony I had as a kid. I had over 300 ponies, and some of them were scented. Weird, yes. But that’s what this tea smells like – a delicious My Little Pony.

Anyway, it tastes like a creamy apple cider. No medicinal rooibos flavor, just delicious cinnamon-y apple. I really enjoyed this, but it just tastes like it would be better in the fall.

Thanks for sharing, Courtney!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
QueenOfTarts

I’ve found that some teas also smell like scented plastic toys I had when I was younger! Glad I’m not the only one!

jessiwrites

Hah, thank you! I was feeling like a weirdo.

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76

I’ve been watching Harry Potter tonight and I had just enough left for one more cup of this… so I thought some pumpkin juice with Philopher’s Stone would be an excellent combination.

Sadly, I was wrong.

This tea just really doesn’t do it for me. I think I was spoiled by my first pumpkin tea ever being Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee, because I was let down by both this one and DavidsTea’s Pumpkin Chai.

I can see why this is so popular, though. It’s got a great pumpkin pie flavor, and the spice is perfect. It’s just not for me.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Yay Harry potter

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79

This smelled so fruity and delicious that of all the sample packets that came from Harney & Sons, this is the one I wanted to try first. (Other than Boston, but I couldn’t NOT drink that one yesterday.)

Steeped, it still has that very tart, juicy smell, but underneath it you can smell a nutty kind of oolong scent. It tastes just like it smells – mostly like delicious pomegranate, but supported very well by a tasty base oolong.

The leaves expanded like crazy, too. With only 1 tsp of tea in my infuser, after three steeps it was exploding out all over the place. Fun!

EDIT: I should probably specify that I had the loose leaf version of this tea. So. I did.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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Guayusa this morning! I mixed it with spearmint and peppermint because I was in the mood for something earthy yet refreshing. It was quite perfect, and I enjoyed two delicious steeps before I headed in to the office for a bit. No tea at work today, since I had no idea how long I would be there and I knew I’d have to get groceries on my way home. Ugh.

Anyway, this is a lovely combination, and guayusa is just always absolutely delicious.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
286 tasting notes

How could I not drink Boston today? It’s the first new tea I’m trying from the Harney & Sons order, and even though it’s a black, I’m drinking it at 8pm. Oh well. Respect.

Dry, it smells exactly like cranberry juice. Yum. Cranberry juice is my favorite.

It also tastes very cranberry-y, but a little less tart and in your face. I suppose the almond comes through a bit more, with a light nuttiness to balance out the tart berry. It’s a very cozy blend, I can imagine it would be fantastic for when the weather just starts to get cool and you have to pull the sweaters out of the closet. Of course, it’s still delicious no matter what time of year, I am certainly enjoying my cup (and now, my second steep).

I’m excited to try the rest of my Harney & Sons samples, but kind of hoping that they all let me down. I love these teas so far, but dang, they are a pain to order from.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Lala

I think I pretty much made the exact same order you did from Harney. I also lament their shipping fees and times. But what to do…I’m addicted.

jessiwrites

Gah, that’s not at all what I want to hear! Hahaha!

Sil

I could have a bit of an easier time getting orders from hArney via my tea mule, but I’m actually afraid to place an order with them for fear ill love too many of them. Heh

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
286 tasting notes

Finally, our order from Harney & Sons got here. After three weeks of waiting. Seems like a long time when they charge so much for shipping, but they apparently don’t even ship out international orders until a week or so after the order is placed. Whatever. Lame.

Luckily, I ordered a 4oz tin of this tea. It’s delicious. I had a small sample with only one cup, and based on that one cup (and multiple infusions) I decided to order a lot more. It’s a really nice blend of grassy, vegetal green tea, toasty sesame seeds, and a hint of caramel-like sweetness. It’s lovely, but makes me a little bit sleepy… so it wasn’t the best choice to drink while trying to get some work done this afternoon, but it was awfully good.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm i’ll have to look into this one.

jessiwrites

I have 4oz, Sil, if you want a sample. I don’t mind sharing, and it’s a pain to order it to Canada.

Sil

Sounds like a plan…we can make a mini swap, though maybe in a couple of weeks so I can sip down some of the teas Terri just sent me. I’d love that :)

jessiwrites

Sure! I like mini swaps. :D

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